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When I was young, many moons ago, it was standard practice to ‘get married’ by ring pull.
A beer can ring pull, a coke can ring pull, it didn’t matter which.
Nostalgia aside, the ring pull became a thing of the past. Environmentally it was a negative. It got discarded, it polluted, it parted company with the can and was thus not recycled.
It created litter and could even be a choking hazard, if dropped into the can.
Poor old ring pull it had to go!
According to Wikipedia:
A beverage can is a metal container designed to hold a fixed portion of liquid such as a carbonated soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, teas, herbal teas, energy drinks, etc. Beverage cans are made of aluminium (75% of worldwide production) or tin-plated steel (25% worldwide production). Worldwide production for all beverage cans is approximately 475 billion cans per year worldwide, 52 billion per year in Europe.
The ringpull was replaced by the ‘stay pull’ around 1980. That’s more than 30 years ago. Allegedly….
But apparently that wasn’t the case. When we travel we encounter old school style ring pulls even today.
I don’t understand.
How come western countries have moved towards a less environmentally damaging can design but it’s not a world wide thing?
If cans doesn’t have an attached ‘stay’ pull in other countries, then Why not?
Dare I say it?
Is it because in some places no one complains about the negatives and it’s cheaper not to re-equip the factories particularly when those factories can have the machinery that used to make the old design in the west?
I really wish they’d make it world wide policy.
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